9780520250413

Immigrant America : A Portrait

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  • ISBN13:

    9780520250413

  • ISBN10:

    0520250419

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/3/2006
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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Summary

This third edition of the widely acclaimed classic has been thoroughly expanded and updated to reflect current demographic, economic, and political realities. Drawing on recent census data and other primary sources, Portes and Rumbaut have infused the entire text with new information and added a vivid array of new vignettes and illustrations. Recognized for its superb portrayal of immigration and immigrant lives in the United States, this book probes the dynamics of immigrant politics, examining questions of identity and loyalty among newcomers, and explores the psychological consequences of varying modes of migration and acculturation. The authors look at patterns of settlement in urban America, discuss the problems of English-language acquisition and bilingual education, explain how immigrants incorporate themselves into the American economy, and examine the trajectories of their children from adolescence to early adulthood. With a vital new chapter on religion--and fresh analyses of topics ranging from patterns of incarceration to the mobility of the second generation and the unintended consequences of public policies--this updated edition is indispensable for framing and informing issues that promise to be even more hotly and urgently contested as the subject moves to the center of national debate..

Author Biography

Alejandro Portes is Professor of Sociology at Princeton University and Director of the Center for Migration and Development Ruben G. Rumbaut is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine, and Co-Director of the Center for Research on Immigration, Population, and Public Policy

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
List of Tables xi
Preface to the Third Edition xv
Preface to the Second Edition xix
Preface to the First Edition xxiii
Acknowledgments for the Third Edition xxvii
Acknowledgments for the Second Edition xxxi
Acknowledgments for the First Edition xxxiii
1 Nine Stories
1(11)
2 Who They Are and Why They Come
12(25)
The Origins of Immigration
14(5)
Immigrants and Their Types
19(15)
Overview
34(3)
3 Moving: Patterns of Immigrant Settlement and Spatial Mobility
37(30)
The Pioneers
38(2)
Following in the Footsteps
40(3)
Contemporary Settlement Patterns: A Map of Immigrant America
43(6)
Locational Decisions of Immigrant Groups
49(6)
Preferred Places
55(5)
Persistent Ethnicity
60(3)
Conclusion: The Pros and Cons of Spatial Concentration
63(4)
4 Making It in America: Occupational and Economic Adaptation
67(50)
Immigrants in the American Economy
68(23)
Explaining the Differences: Modes of Incorporation
91(10)
Conclusion
101(16)
5 From Immigrants to Ethnics: Identity, Citizenship, and Political Participation
117(51)
In the Society and Not of It
117(4)
Immigrant Politics at the Turn of the Century
121(9)
Immigrant Politics Today
130(10)
Making It Count: Citizenship Acquisition
140(7)
The Future of Immigrant Politics
147(15)
Variations within a Theme
162(3)
Conclusion
165(3)
6 A Foreign World: Immigration, Mental Health, and Acculturation
168(37)
Travel and Travail
168(2)
Marginality and Freedom
170(2)
Early Psychopathology: The Eugenics Approach to Mental Illness
172(3)
From Nationality to Class and Context: The Changed Etiology of Mental Illness
175(3)
Immigrants and Refugees: Contemporary Trends
178(7)
Contexts of Incorporation: Mental Health and Help Seeking
185(3)
Acculturation and Its Discontents
188(6)
Immigration and Incarceration
194(3)
Acculturation and Perceptions of Discrimination
197(4)
Conclusion: The Major Determinants of Immigrant Psychology
201(4)
7 Learning the Ropes: Language and Education
205(39)
Patterns of English Language Acquisition in the United States
207(11)
Language Diversity and Resilience in the United States Today
218(14)
Assimilation and Linguistic Pluralism in the United States
232(9)
Conclusion
241(3)
8 Growing Up American: The New Second Generation
244(55)
The New Second Generation at a Glance
245(3)
Parental Human Capital and Modes of Incorporation
248(3)
The Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study
251(4)
Where They Grow Up: Challenges to Second-Generation Adaptation
255(9)
Confronting the Challenge
264(7)
Segmented Assimilation in Early Adulthood
271(9)
Conclusion
280(19)
9 Religion: The Enduring Presence
299(44)
Yesterday and Today
300(2)
Religion and Modes of Incorporation
302(4)
Religious Diversity and Change
306(5)
Religion and Transnationalism
311(4)
Religion and the Second Generation
315(10)
Religion: Linear and Reactive
325(6)
The Mexican Experience
331(4)
Islam
335(4)
Conclusion
339(4)
10 Conclusion: Immigration and Public Policy 343(30)
A Game of Mirrors: The Public Perception of Immigration
346(5)
The Reality Underneath: The Political Economy of Immigration
351(7)
The Clash of Ideology and Reality
358(5)
Better Policies for a Better Future
363(8)
Conclusion
371(2)
Notes 373(28)
References 401(46)
Index 447

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